When the beloved comedian Joan Rivers passed away in 2014, she left behind a lavish Upper East Side penthouse at 1 East 62nd Street packed with a collection of glittering designer gowns, gilded furnishings, jewelry and collected items that reflected a lifetime love of pretty things. Rivers herself once described the decor of the 5,100-square-foot triplex as “Louis XIV meets Fred and Ginger.”
Her apartment sold last summer for its asking price of $28 million to 65-year-old Saudi prince Muhammad bin Fahd, who reportedly plans to do a complete gut renovation. So, this summer, the contents of her Manhattan home will come up for auction at Christie’s, where 200 lots will be available in a live sale, and 80 lots will be included in an online auction from June 16-23.
With items valued at estimates of $500-$200,000, Ms. Rivers’ daughter Melissa said “There is something to suit every taste and budget,” from Bob Mackie gowns and Cartier, Van Cleef & Arpels and Harry Winston baubles to, according to the auction site, “a silver Tiffany & Co. water bowl engraved ‘for Spike.’” Different items will be included in the lots that go up for sale in person and online. A portion of the proceeds will benefit God’s Love We Deliver, which provides meals to people in need, and to Guide Dogs for the Blind. Find out more about the auction here.
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Neighborhoods : Upper East Side